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The Godfather (1972)

Spanning the years 1945 to 1955, a chronicle of the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family. When organized crime family patriarch, Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son, Michael steps in to take care of the would-be killers, launching a campaign of bloody revenge.

  • Francis Ford Coppola
  • Fred T. Gallo
  • Stephen F. Kesten
  • Nancy Hopton
  • Tony Brandt
  • Francis Ford Coppola
  • Mario Puzo
  • Mario Puzo
Release Date: Tue, Mar 14, 1972

Rating: 8.715/10 by 16971 users

Alternative Title:
Le Parrain 1 - FR
The Godfather Part 1 - US
The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration - US
The Godfather: Part I - US
De Peetvader - NL
Le Parrain - 1ère partie - FR
El Padrino I - ES
教父1 - CN
Крёстный отец - RU
Крестный отец - RU
O Poderoso Chefão I - BR
Baba - TR
Krusttēvs - LV
Кум - RS
教父Ⅰ - CN
ゴッドファーザー - JP
Ojciec chrzestny - PL

United States of America
Runtime: 02 hour 55 minutes
Budget: $6,000,000
Revenue: $245,066,411

Plot Keyword: italy, loss of loved one, love at first sight, based on novel or book, europe, symbolism, patriarch, organized crime, mafia, lawyer, religion, revenge motive, crime family, sicilian mafia, religious hypocrisy, gun violence, rise to power, dead horse, gang violence, 1940s, 1950s, mafia war, part of trilogy

Marlon Brando
Don Vito Corleone
Al Pacino
Don Michael Corleone
James Caan
Santino 'Sonny' Corleone
Talia Shire
Constanzia 'Connie' Corleone-Rizzi
Gianni Russo
Carlo Rizzi
Sterling Hayden
Capt. Mark McCluskey
Al Lettieri
Virgil 'The Turk' Sollozzo
Abe Vigoda
Salvatore 'Sal' Tessio
John Cazale
Frederico 'Fredo' Corleone
Richard Conte
Don Emilio Barzini
John Marley
Jack Woltz
Rudy Bond
Carmine Cuneo
Al Martino
Johnny Fontane
Morgana King
Carmela 'Mama' Corleone
John Martino
Paulie Gatto
Alex Rocco
Moe Greene
Salvatore Corsitto
Amerigo Bonasera
Tony Giorgio
Bruno Tattaglia
Victor Rendina
Philip Tattaglia
Simonetta Stefanelli
Apollonia Vitelli-Corleone
Saro Urzì
Mr. Vitelli
Sofia Coppola
Michael Francis Rizzi
Louis Guss
Don Zaluchi
Tere Livrano
Theresa Hagen
Julie Gregg
Sandrinella 'Sandra' Corleone
Corrado Gaipa
Don Tommasino
Gabriele Torrei
Enzo the Baker (uncredited)
Tony King
Tony the Stablehand (uncredited)
Max Brandt
Extra in Furniture-Moving Scene (uncredited)
Carmine Coppola
Piano Player in Montage (uncredited)
Roman Coppola
Boy on Street Who Attended Funeral (uncredited)
Don Costello
Don Victor Stracci (uncredited)
Robert Dahdah
Crowd (uncredited)
Gray Frederickson
Cowboy on the Set at Woltz's Studio (uncredited)
Ron Gilbert
Usher in Bridal Party (uncredited)
Sonny Grosso
Cop Outside Hospital (uncredited)
Joe Lo Grippo
Sonny's Bodyguard (uncredited)
Randy Jurgensen
Sonny's Killer #1 (uncredited)
Tony Lip
Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Lou Martini Jr.
Boy at Wedding (uncredited)
Raymond Martino
Corleone Family Member (uncredited)
Joseph Medaglia
Priest at Baptism (uncredited)
Rick Petrucelli
Man in Passenger Seat (uncredited)
Sal Richards
Drunk (uncredited)
Tom Rosqui
Rocco Lampone (uncredited)
Frank Sivero
Street Extra (uncredited)
Filomena Spagnuolo
Extra in Wedding Scene (uncredited)
Nick Vallelonga
Wedding Party Guest (uncredited)
Joe Spinell
William 'Willie' Cicci (uncredited)
Conrad Yama
Fruit Vendor (uncredited)


The Godfather Review by Al Carlson The Godfather is a film considered by most to be one of the greatest ever made. From The American Film Institute to as voted by users on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) it is consider to be one of the best. As a film that ranks as high as other masterpieces including Citizen Kane, Pulp Fiction and 12 Angry Men, The Godfather is an exceptional piece of cinema excellence that is flawless and is simply the pinnacle crime drama. The Godfather revolves around the Corleone’s, an Italian family with deep roots in the New York City mafia. The head of the Corleone’s is Don Vito Corleone, a man who takes care of his family and demands respect in return. His son Michael however, who just returned home from World War II, doesn’t want to become involved with the family business. The Sollozzo’s, a family of drug dealers, confront Don and request protection in exchange for profits from the Sollozzo’s drug sales. But Don declines the offer, for he is against selling narcotics. The rejected offer starts what turns into an all out mafia war between the two families with Michael diving deep into the mafia lifestyle. The characters are portrayed by a legendary all-star cast including Marlon Brando as Don, Al Pacino as his son Michael and James Caan as Don’s oldest son Sonny. The casting for this film has been considered by many to be the best casted film in history for their astonishing performances. All three main actors were nominated for an academy award, but only Marlon Brando won an Oscar for best actor in a leading role. It’s fascinating to watch how these characters change over the course of the movie, with one in particular changing drastically. Directer Francis Ford Coppola, being raised in an Italian-American family in New York, understood Italian culture exceptionally and made the film very authentically. Everything from the wedding dances to the cuisine to the terms used by the characters in Sicilian come from Coppola’s first-hand knowledge of Italian-American culture. Italian composer Nino Rota did an outstanding job making the soundtrack for the film, despite not getting the Oscar for best music (but he did win an Oscar for his work in the sequel, The Godfather: Part II). Virtually everyone recognizes that iconic trumpet solo once it starts playing. He also wrote the score for another great Italian film 8 1/2. This film should be immediately followed up by it’s sequel, The Godfather: Part II, which also won best picture. The series still holds the title of most best picture awards for a film series to this day. They’re both flawless crime dramas and have earned their titles as some of the best pieces of cinema ever. I will guarantee you won’t be able to see this film only once, as it gets better after continual viewings. There is really nothing more to add other than if you haven’t seen this movie yet, it’s about time you did. The Godfather is a movie you can’t refuse.


The best movie ever... A masterpiece by the young and talented Francis Ford Coppola, about a Mob family and their drama, the story telling is perfect, the acting good, sometimes a little over the top in the case of Thalia Shire (the sister of the director) The 70's were the best years for Hollywood.

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